ERIC Number: ED474982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Managing the Curriculum for Student Learning.
This document is a chapter in "The Principles and Practice of Educational Management," which aims to provide a systematic and analytical introduction to the study of educational management. The structure of the book reflects the main substantive areas of educational leadership and management, and most of the major themes are covered in the volume's 19 chapters, of which this is one. This chapter looks at important questions for curriculum managers and examines the curriculum-management process. It discusses external control of the curriculum, accountability issues, and the tensions between these and the school's own values in curriculum decision-making. It argues that more attention needs to be given to the students' experience of the curriculum and what they bring to the learning process. It also suggests that schools look beyond the somewhat narrow and "technicist" approaches to curriculum management suggested by government agendas so that they can develop an approach informed by a more holistic view of pupils' current and future needs. Curriculum leadership's essential role is an integrative one and can be conceived of as a cyclical process that focuses on four tasks: planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating, and reviewing. Because external accountability varies widely among countries, it is important for curriculum leaders to maintain a clear focus on their schools' core values and priorities. Accordingly, leaders need to identify their schools' educational purposes and should not be preoccupied with external demands for measurable outputs. By taking into account their students' needs, curriculum leaders can help students become more responsible, helping them to develop the broader capabilities needed in the postmodern information age. (Contains 30 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Principles and Practice of Educational Management; see EA 032 295.